Gustavo Cabrera, the prize of the San Francisco Giants’ international free agents last summer, sustained a severe injury to his right wrist in the Dominican Republic, putting the future of the 17-year-old center fielder in doubt.
According to CSNBayArea.com, Cabrera was hurt last month when he slipped and fell at home and put his wrist through a glass table or a window. Baseball America’s Ben Badler described the injury as “gruesome” and “graphic” after seeing pictures.
“Cabrera appeared to nearly lose his right hand,” Badler wrote.
Fred Stanley, farm director for the Giants, confirmed the injury, but said it was his understanding that Cabrera would be able to play next year and that the injury is not career-threatening.
“He wasn’t going to Augusta anyway,” Stanley said. “He was going to the Arizona League and that doesn’t start ‘til June. So he’s got eight months. I’m betting he’ll be 100 percent by that time.”
Cabrera signed for $1.3 million in July. The outfielder was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 1 international prospect in 2013.
Cabrera played for the Giants affiliate in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .247/.379/.360 in 229 plate appearances with two home runs, 22 RBI and 21 stolen bases.